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Advisory Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Medina Valley ISD Parents/Guardians,

In light of the recent news regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to assure you that Medina Valley ISD is monitoring the situation daily through proven and trustworthy sources:  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and the Medina County Health Unit. These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.

Based on the most currently available information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools take the same necessary steps to protect against coronavirus that we take to prevent the spread of illnesses such as the flu.  All individuals are encouraged to:

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


We are aware of the recent calls for schools to be prepared in the event of closures.  While we do not anticipate closure of schools, we have a plan in place to notify parents, guardians, and the community in the unlikely event this happens. While a new type of illness can be alarming, we can help protect our students, teachers, and community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses.  This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to illness.

For updated information on the coronavirus, please visit:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Sincerely,


Kenneth Rohrbach, Ed.D.
Superintendent